• Born to Sing

Born To Sing: A singer's journey toward mind-body unity offers the reader a completely new approach to understanding the art of singing as a gift with which each person is born yet requiring thorough and conscious training. The training described is not through physical effort but through learning an awareness of the body's natural forces and connecting with the desire of the human heart to express and communicate beauty. The uniqueness of this beautifully written book in a deeply personal, story telling style is found in the premise that the voice is already within the singer and only needs to be released. The text is accompanied by 49 extraordinarily fine, sensitive, hand-drawn anatomical and physiological illustrations by Korina Kaiserslot. Ron Murdock trained with the highly respected European voice pedagoges Professor Frederick Husler and Yvonne Rodd-Marling and has combined that training with his training as a teacher of the F. M. Alexander Technique into an authoritative, human-centered pedagogy. In Born to Sing he calls on his 40 years experience to create a work of art that will be a practical guide and a true inspiration to everyone interested in the art of singing and mind-body unity. This is a book to read in depth, to enjoy and study. Singers and voice users at every level, as well as voice teachers and Alexander Technique teachers, will find a wealth of information here.

The book is accompanied by a one hour 30 minute DVD containing both audio and visual sound examples, three teaching demonstrations, and an in-depth interview with the author.

Ron Murdock comes from Nova Scotia in Canada. He is a graduate from Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick (B.A., A.Mus.1962) and the Constructive Teaching Center, London (1979). Between the years 1969 and 1995 he lived and worked as a professional solo tenor in London, England. For the last 38 years has taught voice on a regular basis, in combination with the Alexander technique, to private pupils in London, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Cologne and Berlin. As well he has given master classes in many European cities, as well as in Montreal and New York. Between 1995 and 2006 he gave Alexander lessons to soloists at the Salzburg Festival. Since 2010, together with his wife, Nadia Kevan, he is co-director of a training course for Alexander teachers in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. He continues teaching voice and the Alexander Technique privately there.

Book Specifications
Author/Editor Ron Murdock
Subtitle A singer's journey toward mind-body unity
Binding. Pages. Year. Hardback. 188 pages. 2015.
ISBN 0979637007/978-0979637001
Size 260 x 183 mm
Errata "Contrary to what I say in the Dynamic Breathing section, the external oblique muscles begin midline at the front of the body and extend around to the sides of the ribs. The same for transversus abdominis."

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